Magazine February 19, 2018, Issue

Letter to My 15-Year-Old Self

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While it’s difficult for me to properly convey just how wild things have gotten around here, let me start by telling you that as I type this letter I also occasionally gaze at a copy of the new CNN poll featuring results of a prospective 2020-election matchup between the Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Oprah Winfrey.

Oh, I should probably mention that Donald Trump, after a successful career of firing people on television, is now president of the United States. While he’s cut marginal tax rates and habitually, publicly, and savagely belittled cable-news personalities, he’s still not as popular as you’d

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